Lawns, Gardens & Trees
Featured Stories, Publications and Videos
Lawns: Interpreting Your Soil Test Analysis
This new publication teaches homeowners and golf course personnel how to take a soil sample and interpret the soil test results to grow and maintain a health lawn.
Add a new variety of apple on your existing tree. We'll show you how to do it.
Landscaping in Shady Areas
Landscaping in Salty Soils
Plants struggle in saline soils. Salts burn plant roots and contribute to poor aeration and poor drainage. Select plants that tolerate this harsh environment, irrigate deeply and mulch plants.
Build Your Own Raised Garden Bed
Emerald Ash Borer Awareness
The following articles will help you become more aware of emerald ash borer, a major threat to ash trees in North Dakota: Overview and Background; Signs and Symptoms; EAB and Firewood; Financial Impact and the Value of Trees; Let's Diversify Our Tree Plantings;EAB and Insecticides.
Growing a Pollinator Garden
We can support local bee populations by planting a pollinator garden. This publication will help you identify major pollinators, choose plants that will provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, and safely use pesticides.
Download presentation, and handouts: Perennials by Flowering Season and NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Certification.
Planting Trees in North Dakota
When planted properly, trees can live far beyond our lifetimes, providing shade and beauty. If planted incorrectly, trees become a liability or die prematurely. This publication describes types of tree stock, timing considerations, planting methods and post-planting care.
Download presentation and presentation summary
Tree Diagnostic Services
This series of 23 cards will help you diagnose common tree disorders in North Dakota. The cards contain diagnostic photos, host range, symptoms and signs, and management tips.
Tree Fruits Culture and Cultivars
Growing your own fruit can be fascinating and fun. Many types of fruit trees, including apple, pear, plum and cherry, can grow in North Dakota. This publication describes provides an overview of cultural practices and describes cultivars recommended for North Dakota.
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